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   Posted 7/24/2008 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
You guys have been so helpful with all my newbie I have a couple of more.
1. as my first colonoscopy draws near I've become worried that it might hurt. does it hurt? more like if they remove a polyp or hemmroid, or when they take a sample to biopsy? just something I've thought up lately.
2. I've developed a nasty cold again. I had one last month that required 10 days of antibiotics. at the end of my antibiotics is when I got the sickest and bled the most recently. do certain antibiotics cause flares and if I need another antibiotic will they still be able to do the colonoscopy if I'm really sick and on antibiotics? I know starting tonight I'm not allowed any aspirin or motrin like pills...which sucks because of the body aches I'm having...tylenol just doesn't cut it for me, but it's not like I have much of a choice.
I think that's all. I'm hoping this cold doesn't turn out like the last one. They were really worried about pneumonia with all the chest congestion I had and the cough never fully went away and now I'm sick again. I was in the ER last night for 7 hours with chest pains thanks to chest congestion. No antibiotics yet's not quite yellow. TMI..I know. I don't know if that's good or bad...the no antibiotics.  confused
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Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, acid reflux, and in the process of being diagnosed with either crohns, colitis, or even lupus...who knows really! the docs sure don't lol. Too many meds to list!

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   Posted 7/24/2008 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   

No a colonoscopy does not hurt abd is nothing to dread. The standard procedure is to sedate you with demerol and an amnesiac drug (usually valium, versed or propofol) which puts you into a twilight sleep and makes you remember none of it . . . though it is possible to have the exam with no sedation at all (as I have done) and experience discomfort on the level of bad gas pains. The interior walls of the GI tract have no sensory nerve endings so biopsies and polyp removals are entirely painless. Really the cleanout prep is the most invonvenient part of the whole thing.

As for antibiotics, that should not interfere. However, be aware that most antibiotics kill off some fo the normal gut bacteria which can cause diarrihea. A good rule of thumb when taking antibiotics is to also take a probiotic (check at any health food store) to replace the healthy gut flora. Finally, doctors should not prescribe antibiotics for a cold, which is caused by a virus . . . only for a bacterial infection which can sometimes follow a cold.

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   Posted 7/24/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Closure I just wanted to add one thing that MikeB did not address. You do know that we Crohnies cannot take Ibuprofen or Aleve at anytime. They can cause bleeding. And that is something most of us don't need to add on. We are allowed Tylenol which to me is like taking nothing. But just wanted to make sure you were aware of that fact. JMHO
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 7/24/2008 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Personally, from what I know about antibiotics, they can cause a lot of health problems. They are after all, fungal poisons. I believe if you are feeling worse after taking antibiotics, it is not coincidence. By killing all the bacteria, good and bad, yeast has been allowed to proliferate. Fungus will spread and can penetrate anything in your body, except teeth, they say. Interesting link about antibiotics :

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   Posted 7/24/2008 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks guys. I appreciate the answers. *hugs*
27 female
Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, acid reflux, and in the process of being diagnosed with either crohns, colitis, or even lupus...who knows really! the docs sure don't lol. Too many meds to list!

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   Posted 7/24/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
1. No. They will give you enough that you neither feel nor remember anything. They'll tell you that you're going to feel sleepy and then you'll wake up in the recovery room. I was very frightened for my first colonoscopy/endoscopy, but it all turned out fine and I was able to just go home and sleep.

2. I can't be sure on that. I would definitely consult your doctor. I'm considering taking antibiotic therapy to feel better actually so I can't really tell you anything helpful on this subject. If you do get any information on it though let us know? I'm curious..

Good luck to you though! I wish you the best and I'm sure everything will be perfectly fine. I hope you feel better soon too. Sorry about the cold..

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   Posted 7/24/2008 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
1) My first scope was a breeze. Don't remember a thing. The second one I had, I woke up during the middle, and yes I remember being in pain. I can remember them trying to hold me down, and tell me to breath. It's the reason why I'm so scared of having another. That and the prep is just the worst. It's not fun.

2) I've gotten sick from taking certain antibiotics. My doctor has put me on probiotics when I was taking them, that really helped.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapering down from 10 mg again, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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   Posted 7/24/2008 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
-My first scope I hardly even remember it couldnt have been that bad I guess haha
-Second one I did wake up towards the end of it, but I was so out of it I had no idea what was going pain either, but I got to see my insideys on the screen so that was kinda cool lol
-Third one on Monday
But basically you have nothing to worry about, the prep is the only thing that sucks. You will wake up all loopy, but other than that its a peice of cake.....Mmmm cake (I hate you pred!) Goodluck!
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